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  • Prosperity Is Not A Destination

    Which one best describes you?

    Someone who lives from a place of abundance—all of what you are and already have—no matter what life throws at you? Or are you someone always with an eye out for what’s missing and absent in your life? Someone who acknowledges their wins by saying, “That’s good news, but….”

    A month or two ago, I was telling my coach that the prior week, three people I didn’t sought out had contacted me about possibly getting some coaching. Three new leads in a week was my best week in seven years! Yet none of my subsequent discovery conversations with them resulted in a new client. 

    What am I doing wrong? I asked. 

    He gave me a big smile. “You should be jumping up and down.”


    “You should be pumped,” he said.”Three new prospects in a week; that’s a big deal! People are finding their way to you. The  clarity of what you offer is attracting people.”

    “But none of them became a client,” I protested. 

    “Everyone is given a choice in life,” he replied. “ you can  see and live from the abundance of life, or you can live from the place of lack and want. Like many of us, you have a habit of focusing on what’s absent, which fills your life with want. Like snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, ” he said with a chuckle.

    It’s taken some for this medicine to penetrate my thick and barnacled skull. But now it’s clear as it is simple:

    I am abundant.

    “Prosperity is not a destination. It’s a way of being that doesn’t come from having more things, but instead from having more to give.” Jack Lyons

    I live in a lovely home in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.  There’s always healthy food on my table, enough money in the bank for the foreseeable future. I have a lot to love and want for little: a wife and family and friends whom I cherish, and who love me.  I love my clients, too; coaching is the most fulfilling work in the world. I’ve been cured of cancer, I’m physically fit; I’m in love with all of Nature’s beauty. Talk about abundance!

    I see now that when I focus on the lost client or any other disappointment I draw more emptiness and absence into my life. What I give my attention to, I become. 

    Where do you want to build your dreams? On the fertile and abundant fields of Life, of your unlimited creativity and well being? Or on the quicksands of lack and absence? What is your habit?

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    George Carver is a life transitions and retirement coach.